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A grammatical marker or category in the Algonquian family of North American Indian languages for a third person other than the principal (or proximate) third person in a given context.
Of, relating to, or designating the obviative; belonging to the category of, or marked by, the obviative.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in Transactions of the American Philological Association. From French obviatif from classical Latin obviāt-, past participial stem of obviāre + French -if.
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